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Government - Local

Brighter, more economical lights coming to Plano streets

City Council OKs hiring firm to help install 433 LED bulbs

Within the next few weeks, streets in the city of Plano will be much brighter, according to Darrin Boyer, director of public works.

City Council members recently approved a contract with Twin Supplies of Oak Brook to help install 433 LED (light emitting diode) bulbs in the city’s street lights.

According to the contract, Twin Supplies will install 100 of the bulbs and the city crews will install the remaining bulbs.

The work being done by the city is valued at $36,000, which is the city’s contribution to the project, Boyer said.

All work must be done by May 8, according to the contract.

Boyer received notice that a grant for $103,469 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity was available and applied for it. Plano officials are receiving enough bulbs to do the entire city at this time.

LED bulbs are brighter and last much longer than the old-fashioned street lights. And they use about half as much electricity, which will save the city money as well, Boyer said.

“The Street Department is very impressed with the results in these few changes,” he added.

Boyer said this is not a pilot program. He learned of the grant, applied for it and it was approved.

“I would see the city amend its subdivision control ordinance to require this type of lighting in all new developments,” he said.

In other business, Josh Beyer, the city’s water superintendent, told the council, the city’s Well No. 9 will soon be undergoing extensive repairs.

Beyer said the well was drilled in 2005 and equipped with a new pump in 2006.

According to a letter from Layne Christensen Co. of Aurora, work will be performed on a time and material basis which would be in the range of $19,500 to $21,500.

If it is necessary to take the pump to the company’s facility for disassembly, cleaning and inspection, this could add $1,200 to $1,500 to the cost, according to Beyer.

“It is difficult to provide an accurate total estimate for the repairs until the pump has been pulled, cleaned and inspected. At that time we would be able to provide a more detailed estimate of the repair costs,” the firm said in its letter to the Beyer.

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